Mark A. Finley

Mark Finley retired in 2010 as a general vice-president of the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists following nearly 40 years as a pastor, evangelist, and media ministry leader. He now serves as an editor-at-large for the Adventist Review and Adventist World magazines, and as an assistant to the General Conference president.

​Things That Matter Most

It is an old story, but its lessons still speak to us: Jesus was relaxing in the home of Mary, Martha, and Lazarus. Mary sat near Jesus, absorbing every word. In the kitchen preparing food, Martha became agitated when Mary wasn’t helping her. Jesus’ words echo down the centuries: “Martha, Martha, . . . you are worried and upset about many things, but few things are needed—or indeed only one. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her” (Luke 10:41, 42).

It is possible to be distracted, worried, or troubled about many things, but one thing matters above all else: knowing Christ passionately, and listening to and obeying …

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